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Girl Geek X Postmates Dinner – November 7th in San Francisco

Girl Geek X Postmates Dinner

Your Women Crush Wednesday (#wcw) just got better – Join us for a Girl Geek Dinner on Wednesday, November 7 hosted by Postmates at our downtown San Francisco headquarters!

Learn more about the exciting (and sometimes challenging) everyday experiences of women at Postmates over great food, drinks, and company with lightning talks given by women working in engineering, product and growth!

All ages, genders, and industries are welcome! Get your ticket now!


6:00pm – 6:30pm: Check in, food & drinks, networking
6:30pm – 7:15pm: Welcome & lightning talks
7:15pm – 7:30pm: Q&A with panel
7:30pm – 8:30pm: Networking

Speaker Bios:

Bianca CurutanBianca Curutan, Mobile Engineer, Postmates
Bianca is a Software Engineer at Postmates and works on the Fleet iOS and Android apps. She is a member of the Fulfillment team which oversees the process of getting Postmates onto the platform, offering them deliveries, paying them in a timely manner, and ensuring they are happy and efficient. Although she is currently located in the Bay Area, she is originally from Canada and earned her B.Math. (Math/Business) and M.Eng. (Software Engineering) degrees there. Her past work experience includes Fandango, Flixster/Rotten Tomatoes, and Sun Life Financial. Outside of work, Bianca is an active member of tech community and particularly enjoys working with and mentoring students, early-career professionals, and people newer to the tech space.

Bianca will talk about product engineering processes and open source at Postmates Girl Geek Dinner.

Allie MorseAllie Morse, Director of Launch & Expansion, Postmates
Allie is the Director of Launch & Expansion at Postmates. She is responsible to expand Postmates footprint across the US and internationally and leads growth in our early markets. Prior to Postmates, Allie was the Head of Business Development at an early stage fin-tech company called Bento for Business and is the Founder and former CEO of Jumia House in West Africa, a real estate classifieds backed by Rocket Internet and now Africa’s first unicorn. She has a Masters degree from the University of Oxford and Bachelors in International Development from McGill University. Canadian originally, she has lived in Sierra Leone, Singapore, Nigeria and France, and competes in triathlons in her spare time.

Allie will talk about leadership in tech (as opposed to climbing a corporate ladder), the value of authenticity in the workplace, the role of informal and formal mentors, and stepping into more responsibility (versus “asking” for it) at Postmates Girl Geek Dinner

Heather PujalsHeather Pujals, Growth Marketing Manager, Postmates
Heather is a Growth Product Manager focused on optimizing the consumer experience at Postmates. Her background in design, linguistics, and cultural studies aids her in doing qualitative user research, which she pairs with quantitative data and an ongoing cycle of experimentation to inform the acquisition, activation, and retention strategies that keep Postmates growing as fast and as scalably as possible. She’s the founder of the GI Jane group at Postmates, an open-minded space for women + allies to discuss news, tech culture, and their personal/professional growth. Heather stays sane by drinking lots of tea and going on camping trips with her dog.

Heather will address the myth of growth hacking and re-frame growth a mindset that comes with powerful tools and a culture of experimentation to aid teams in building and scaling the best products for their customers, at the Postmates Girl Geek Dinner.

Christine SongChristine Song, Software Engineer, Postmates
Christine is a Software Engineer on the Merchant Team. Prior to moving to San Francisco, she was studying philosophy at the University of Southern California and working as a waitress on the side to support herself while pursuing a wide variety of creative interests such as writing and photography. She worked as a screenwriter and a producer for an LA-based production team from 2014-2015 and found that her interests aligned with the more technical, problem-solving aspect of the industry but Christine never knew how to incorporate that into a career as the most practical work she had been doing was working in the restaurant industry. After working why up to management positions, she realized that this wasn’t what I wanted to do she decided to join a coding boot camp. After a grueling and highly rewarding three months, she started working at the boot camp as a technical admissions specialist and an instructor, and from there, she landed a job as a software engineer at Postmates.

Christine will talk about learning how to code in 3 months and the life-changing distinction between learning something, and learning how to learn something, at Postmates Girl Geek Dinner.

Samantha PhillipsSamantha Phillips, Product Manager, Postmates
Samantha is a Product Manager for fulfillment tools at Postmates. In her role, she collaborates with design, engineering and analytics to bring meaningful features to Postmates Partners. With a background in consulting, ecommerce and SAAS, she relies on her varied experience to navigate priorities and weigh impact and effort of each project. She also allocates part of her time to volunteer projects enabled by Postmates Civic Labs department. Most recently leveraging proprietary Postmates technology to launch FoodFight!, a program to end food waste by enabling merchants to donate any surplus food to a nearby shelter.

Samantha will talk about technology for good and how your company’s specialized code base could be applied to an area outside of the bubble and make a difference, and her experience with volunteering and the factors that enabled her to do it, at Postmates Girl Geek Dinner.

About Postmates:

Postmates helps people unlock the best of their cities – and their lives, with an insanely reliable on-demand “anything” network. Launched in 2011, Postmates pioneered the on-demand delivery movement in the US by offering delivery from restaurants and stores previously only available offline. The company now operates in 550 US cities, as well as Mexico, and provides access to over 200,000 merchants. Postmates is headquartered in San Francisco. Learn more at Postmates website and find our most recent economic impact report here.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Girl Geek X Dinner – October 24th in Santa Clara

Girl Geek X Realtor Dinner

Much more than four walls and a roof, “home means everything” – invites girl geeks to spend an evening at home with® on Wednesday, October 24 at our headquarters in Santa Clara!

Come learn how® is empowering 60 million unique consumers to make their housing-related dreams come true. From our cross-functional, diverse team who find their home at®, hear more about our dedication and commitment to help people move confidently through every step of their home journey.

The panel discussion will focus on how is advancing the digital real estate industry by using big data, customer insights, market analysis, and design thinking.

Get your ticket now!

Home ownership is an enduring pillar of the American Dream. Representing the single largest purchase most people ever make, we work in a market approaching $2 trillion in annual transaction value.® pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago and transformed the industry into the internet age. That evolution continues today with big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence.


5:30pm – 6:15pm: Check-in, Dinner & Drinks, Networking
6:15pm – 7:15pm: Welcome, Program & Panel Discussion
7:15pm – 8:00pm: More Networking!

Speaker Bios:

Chung Meng CheongChung Meng Cheong, Chief Product Officer,
Chung is the Chief Product Officer of Move, Inc., the operator of®, where he is responsible for overseeing the company’s product development to help make every stage of the home journey, simple, efficient and enjoyable. He joined Move in April 2017 from Financial Engines, where he served as Executive Vice President, Product Management and Consumer Marketing. Chung brings a strong background in product strategy, consumer experience, marketing and advertising across multiple industries. Prior to joining Financial Engines, he served as Chief Product Officer at 33 Across Inc., a big data ad tech startup. He also worked at YP Holdings, formerly AT&T Interactive, where as a member of the executive team he was responsible for product, business management, UX and creative design and eBay as a group product manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Auckland and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management.

Chung will walk the audience through the® dedication to consumer experience, customer success, and brand awareness.


Pam HolmbergPam Holmberg, EVP, People,
Pam recently joined to lead our people organization. Pam is a highly motivated and energetic HR leader with experience in both high-growth technology and start-up companies. Prior to joining the family, Pam has held numerous HR leadership roles at Pivotal, NetApp, and LSI and was most recently VP, Human Resources at Veritas. Over her twenty year career, Pam has partnered with executives and senior management on complex organizational and leadership issues. Pam holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s University.

Pam will invite everyone to feel at home at and provide an overview of the company.



Latife Genc KayaLatife Genc Kaya, Principal Data Scientist,
Latife focuses on lead conversion, customer ROI and pricing algorithms. Previously at Groupon Inc. she worked on a variety of data science projects from dynamic pricing to ROI analytics, predicting merchants’ value to Groupon and food dispatching algorithm. With a PhD in Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization from Carnegie Mellon University, Latife loves blending machine learning and optimization methods when solving business problems.

Latife is on the panel at Girl Geek Dinner.



Nan KeNan Ke, User Experience Research Lead,
Nan is the Lead User Experience Researcher at and an evangelist for user-centered culture. In her role, she partners with product and engineering teams to make sure that consumer voices are represented in product decisions. From conducting empirical research to creating journey maps, Nan together with her team ensures that the organization progresses with a solid understanding of the market and consumer needs. Nan has been with for two and a half years. Prior to that, she worked at Levi Strauss. & Co., Ipsos, and TNS in consumer research and consulting roles. She earned her Master’s in Communications at the University of Illinois and undergrads in Information Science at the University of Science & Technology of China.

Nan is on the panel at Girl Geek Dinner.


Heidy KurniawanHeidy Kurniawan, Senior UX Designer,
Heidy is a Senior UX Designer for consumer products at She’s keen to help 63 million monthly online users finding their next home through a delightful user experience and pixel perfect design. To ensure an efficient and productive workflow, she works closely with product, research and engineering team as a part of her design process. Prior to that, she worked at Yellow Pages where she was responsible for end-to-end design across all consumer facing platforms, including iOS, Android, mobile and desktop website that drive digital revenues over $400M a year.

Heidy is on the panel at Girl Geek Dinner.


Sonali SambhusSonali Sambhus, Senior Director, Software Engineering,
Sonali leads the consumer front-end engineering development organization for If you have used for your home search on either the Web or smart phone app, you’re using what Sonali’s team builds! Sonali is also a passionate advocate for women in the workforce. Sonali spearheads the Inspiring Women @ RDC Club and has written a book on this topic in her past life! Prior to joining, Sonali was a VP of Engineering at Vuclip, leading the entire Engineering organization for Vuclip. Prior to that she started a company ’10jumps’ which specialized in Data Analytics and went through a successful acquisition.

Sonali is on the panel at Girl Geek Dinner.


Sarah StaleySarah Staley, Senior Director, Corporate & Employee Communications,
Sarah is a highly-experienced communications strategist with demonstrated leadership executing company-wide critical programs. For twenty years, Sarah has led communications, marketing, built partnerships and evangelized authentic voice and audience optimization. Sarah works across as a trusted advisor and authority in voice. In her prior roles at VMware, Stanford, Apple, the Clinton Administration, and as a news reporter, Sarah has proven ability to lead and successfully navigate between tactical and strategic objectives, blend with best practices, and deliver success.

Sarah will be talking about the power of intersecting with others using your personal story and will facilitate the panel discussion.


Sam WellerSam Weller, Senior Manager, User Experience Design,
Sam leads the Experience Design team for consumer products at After 10 years designing for REA Group’s flagship brand in Australia, he relocated to Northern California 18 months ago. Motivated every day to help millions of Americans make one of the biggest and most stressful decisions of their lives easier through technology, empathy and human centered design. Proud to lead such a talented and passionate team of designers and inventors in such a diverse and challenging market.

Sam is on the panel at Girl Geek Dinner.


About®:®, The Home of Home Search℠, offers the most comprehensive source of for-sale MLS-listed properties, among competing national sites, and access to the information, tools and professional expertise to help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. It pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today is the trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers by making all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable.® is operated by News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit®.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Girl Geek X GroundTruth Dinner – October 18th in Mountain View

Girl Geek X GroundTruth Dinner

You are invited to join us for a Girl Geek Dinner at GroundTruth’s Mountain View office for lightning talks from women at GroundTruth on everything from engineering to data science for location intelligence.

GroundTruth girl geeks will speak about professional development and talent management, as well as career switching! This is a Girl Geek Dinner you won’t want to miss – all ages and genders welcome! Get your ticket now!


5:30pm – 6:30pm: Check-in, Dinner & Drinks, Networking
6:30pm – 7:30pm: Welcome and Lightning Talks
  Who I am & How I Got Here – Harshal Joshi, Software Engineer
  Being a Mindful Data Scientist – Shanshan Tuo, Sr Data Scientist
  How I Learned to Own My Career Development – Alicia Huang, Sr Product Manager
  Managing Performance in the New Era of HR – Lauren Stephenson, Director of HR
  Keep Learning & Growing – Carol Chen, Sr Director of Engineering
7:30pm – 7:50pm: Q&A with Panel
7:50pm – 8:30pm: More Networking!

Speaker Bios:

Sarah OhleSarah Ohle, VP, Marketing Insights, GroundTruth
Sarah leads the Insights and Growth Marketing team at GroundTruth, using the power of real-world, location-based data to understand consumers, create market-leading content, and empower brands and agencies with actionable insights to enhance their business. Before joining GroundTruth, Sarah was Director of Custom Research for Nielsen’s Telecom Practice Group, where she was responsible for designing and executing proprietary research studies for Nielsen’s technology and media clients. Her career has spanned over 15 years in marketing, research, and analytics including roles at Palm/HP, T-Mobile, and a leading telecom measurement startup, Telephia. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Sarah will be giving an intro to the location ad space and GroundTruth.

Carol ChenCarol Chen, Senior Director, Software Engineering, GroundTruth
Carol is GroundTruth’s Senior Director of Software Engineering for its Applications team. In her current role, Carol is responsible for scaling GroundTruth’s campaign management suite while developing new capabilities that drive value for customers. Prior to joining GroundTruth, she served as Senior Director of Engineering at Rockyou, where she led game development for the largest game studio. Carol has over 13 years of experience in software development and of those, seven years managing interdisciplinary engineering teams. She has worked in multiple different spaces including e-commerce, gaming, and ad tech. Carol holds a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from San Jose State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. She is passionate about encouraging females to pursue education in the STEM field and increasing women representation in the tech space. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her family.

Talk Topic: “Keep Learning & Growing” by Carol Chen
Today, the average person changes jobs ten to fifteen times during his or her career. Many people spend five years or less in every job, so they devote more time and energy transitioning from one job to another. What can you do as a fresh grad or new hire to quickly adapt to the new working environment and excel? Only 27 percent of college grads have a job related to their major. What are the things one need to consider for making the decision to make a career switch. We will discuss some of the ideas that can help cope with these situations.

Lauren StephensonLauren Stephenson, Associate Director, Human Resource Business Partner, GroundTruth
Lauren has labeled herself a ‘Professional Rebel’. Her mission is to bring forth an innovative and creative approach within Human Resources which seeks to put the focus back into the company’s most important asset – it’s people. She is currently the Associate Director, HRBP at GroundTruth contributing her knowledge and expertise around Strategic Performance Management and Organizational Development while overseeing HR Operations. Prior to joining GroundTruth, she worked in the agency space, developing HR strategy across various agencies including Hearts & Science and Assembly. An avid travel bug and foodie, she enjoys traveling around the world with her partner while stumbling upon the many experiences life can offer!

Talk Topic: “Managing Performance” by Lauren Stephenson
The days of the dreaded annual review, just to check the management box are…over! As the generations move from x, y to z and HR strives to position itself as trusted advisor and business partner, strategic performance management is a must. In this talk, Lauren will discuss what it means to ‘Define Your Playbook’ shifting approach to talent management from that of reactive to proactive, and uninspiring to innovational!

Shanshan TuoShanshan Tuo, Senior Data Scientist, GroundTruth
Shanshan is a Senior Data Scientist at GroundTruth. She is apart of a team working on various projects involving Location Service, Home/Office Detection, and Audience Segments, to help improve user-targeting efficiency and accuracy. She has worked at GroundTruth for over 5 years, starting back when the company was branded under the name xAd. She started as a summer intern and joined full-time after graduating from Stanford University with a PhD in Genetics and MS in Biomedical Informatics. Because of her seamless interdisciplinary background in Biology and Computer Science, she has great passion for bringing mindfulness into workplace and advocating for optimal physical and emotional health.

Talk Topic: “A Mindful Data Scientist” by Shanshan Tuo
It’s the world of Mobile Big Data, isn’t it? Just think about how much time you spent on your phone every day. By mining your location data on where you have been and where you are now, we can predict and influence where you want to be. In this talk, we will cover how we do location intelligence here. As a bonus, we’ll also share techniques on how to release stress and live more mindfully.

Alicia HuangAlicia Huang, Senior Product Manager, GroundTruth
Alicia is one of GroundTruth’s Senior Product Managers, heading the performance of the core recommendation engine. Prior to GroundTruth, she was Associate Consultant at McKinsey, where she worked with industry leading companies in areas such as market entry strategy and eCommerce strategy. Prior to moving to the United States, Alicia worked as a Senior Product Manager for two of China’s leading tech companies, Tencent and Baidu. During her time at Tencent and Baidu, she generated an accumulated $160M revenue through product innovation, strategy development, and growth partnerships. Alicia passion lies in career development and education. She volunteers as a coach to women interested in pursuing career path in both tech and consulting. Alicia earned her MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Talk Topic: “How I Owned My Career Development” by Alicia Huang
Career development is built on the concept of holistic development as human being. In this talk, Alicia will cover how she breaks down the skillsets, social resources, emotional resilience needed to achieve meaningful career goals and lead a happy and fulfilled life. She will also share how she developer a high-level plan and granular-level trial-and-error test to develop those skills.

Harshal JoshiHarshal Joshi, Software Engineer, GroundTruth
Harshal is a Mobile Developer who is apart of GroundTruth’s WeatherBug team – a weather application acquired by GroundTruth in early 2017. In her current role, she is responsible for the development of iOS, Android, and React Native versions of the WeatherBug product. Harshal joined the WeatherBug team in February 2016 and remained with the company through the acquisition. Prior to moving to the United States in 2015, she worked in her home country of India for 7 years at various software development companies. Harshal has completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at Pune University in India. In her free time she likes to garden and grow vegetables on her small patio garden. She also enjoys cooking and crafting meals of different cuisines.

Talk Topic: “Who I am & How I Got Here” by Harshal Joshi
Everybody has a own story about who they are and what struggles they had to face to reach where they are now. Where you are could be something you are satisfied with, professionally or personally. For each person, that struggle is personal. In this talk, Harshal will share her struggles and what her strengths are then and now.

About GroundTruth:

GroundTruth is the leading global technology platform driving in-store visits and sales by leveraging location as the primary source of intent. We believe in the power of place. Build your brand, increase sales and grow your business by building off what real people are doing in the real world, mapped using our proprietary Blueprints technology. Through its data foundation, GroundTruth sees 2 out of 3 smartphone users in the U.S. and more than 30 billion physical visits annually across 21 countries globally.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Girl Geek X Western Digital Dinner – October 9th in Milpitas

Girl Geek X Western Digital Dinner

Join us a Girl Geek Dinner at Western Digital on Tuesday, October 9th in Milpitas, California!

Learn from Western Digital’s Chief Data Scientist Janet George, and Judy Logan the co-director of Women in Data Science at Stanford University as they discuss how data is transforming all aspects of society and work.

You’ll also get a chance to hear from women at Western Digital about how they’re using data insights in their own work and how they’ve navigated the career jungle gym to define their own success.

Connect with women at networking tables and have opportunities for interaction during the panels too (think quizzes, polls, and prizes).

All ages & genders are welcome!


5:30pm – 6:30pm: Check-in, Dinner & Drinks, Networking
6:30pm – 7:30pm: Welcome & Panel Discussions
7:30pm – 8:30pm: More Networking

Speaker Bios:

Janet GeorgeJanet George, Fellow & Chief Data Scientist, Western Digital
Janet is a Fellow and Chief Data Scientist at Western Digital. She is a technical leader with more than 15 years of experience in Big Data Platform, machine learning, distributed computing, compilers, and Artificial Intelligence. Previously, she served as managing director, chief scientist, and Big Data expert at Accenture technology labs. She has also served as head of Yahoo Labs Research Engineering, inventing next-generation platforms, cloud infrastructures, and machine learning for Big Data, as well as at eBay and Apple. Janet holds a Bachelors and Advanced Master Degree with distinction in Computer Science, Mathematics, with a thesis focus on AI and ML.

Janet will be speaking about data and its role in cutting edge technologies at Western Digital Girl Geek Dinner.

Judy LoganJudy Logan, Co-Director, Women in Data Science Conference, Stanford University
Judy works in the Institute for Computational & Mathematical Engineering (ICME) at Stanford University where she co-directs the Women in Data Science Conference and associated initiatives. Prior to this, Judy worked as a marketing executive and consultant for technology companies, large and small, on marketing strategy, branding, integrated campaigns, and product introductions. Judy holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, with a concentration in business, from UCLA.

Judy will be speaking about data and its role in cutting edge technologies at the Western Digital Girl Geek Dinner.

Barbara NelsonBarbara Nelson, Vice President & General Manager, Western Digital
Barbara brings over 20 years of executive leadership experience. Barbara has a strong entrepreneurial track record, growing businesses from concept to over $100M four times in three different companies. She has been a CEO twice, most recently at Element Labs, a market leader in high-end video software and lighting systems for entertainment and architecture. Prior she was CEO of NeoScale Systems, a pioneer in enterprise storage security. She was EVP/GM of IronKey by Imation, a cloud enterprise security business. She led tape, media and hard drive businesses at Quantum and memory businesses at Intel. She has a BSEE from Stanford University. For fun, she’s traveled to over 80 countries with her husband and plays keyboard in a couple rock bands.

Barbara will be speaking about making realities with the possibilities of data at Western Digital Girl Geek Dinner.

Jackie JungJackie Jung, Senior Director of Program Management, Western Digital
Jackie heads the program management office and manufacturing analytics for high volume HDD products. Jackie has over 20 years of experience in product process design, new product introduction and program management of the full portfolio of HDD devices. In the past 8 years, she has added in her expertise advanced analytics applications in manufacturing and product design. She completed a 5-year international assignment in 2 cities in South East Asia and has returned to California. Jackie enjoys singing, cooking and service trips with her family. She received Bachelors and Masters degrees in chemical engineering from UCLA and Stanford University respectively.

Jackie will be speaking about making realities with the possibilities of data at Western Digital Girl Geek Dinner.

Linda ZhouLinda Zhou, Director of Research & Life Sciences Solutions, Western Digital
Linda is the Director of Research and Life Sciences Solutions for the Data Center Systems business unit within Western Digital. She has in-depth knowledge of life sciences, machine learning, big data analytics, IT service management and compliance archiving. Prior to joining Western Digital, she held business and technical positions at Silicon Graphics, EMC, Hewlett Packard and BMC Software, and ran a development services company in the data management space. She earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Jinan University.

Linda will be speaking about making realities with the possibilities of data at Western Digital Girl Geek Dinner.

JuneAn LaniganJuneAn Lanigan, Senior Director of Enterprise Data Management, Western Digital
JuneAn is a business executive with over 20 years of experience in successfully defining, leading and implementing enterprise data management strategies aligned to business goals. She is skilled in leading both business and IT teams in Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence / analytics, Data Governance, Master Data Management, and Big Data solutions, JuneAn has excelled in incorporating data management disciplines into corporate DNA. Prior to Western Digital, JuneAn has held senior leadership positions at IBM, Siemens, Cisco, Intuit, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, and Juniper Networks.

JuneAn will be speaking about her jungle gym career at Western Digital Girl Geek Dinner

Karin WerderKarin Werder, Senior Director of Product Management – Embedded & Mobile, Western Digital
Karin is a Senior Director of Product Management responsible for defining Western digital’s Embedded and Mobile Product Line. In her role, she works closely with engineering, firmware development, technology and customers to define a billion dollar product line. Karin leads a team of product managers, software developers and system experts who work to develop products that meet end system requirements. She spent 12 years at Blackberry establishing and growing a team that integrated memory and storage components into Blackberry’s custom OS. After completing her MBA, she moved to the Bay area and transitioned from Engineering to Product Management. Karin holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.

Karin will be speaking about her jungle gym career at Western Digital Girl Geek Dinner.

Susan ParkSusan Park, Senior Director of Product Management, Western Digital
Susan leads global product lifecycle management for Western Digital’s consumer products and solutions under the G-Technology, SanDisk and WD brands. This extensive portfolio includes flash memory cards for smartphones, cameras and tablet computers, USB flash drives and solid state drives (SSDs) and HDDs for a variety of consumer and professional applications. She sets the product vision and strategy, and is also responsible for product roadmap execution. Susan works across organizational boundaries to develop and implement revenue and market share gains across all emerging markets. Currently, she oversees Western Digital’s $3.5 billion+ product revenue portfolio. Susan has over 20+ years of experience in consumer electronic/data storage product management and product marketing. Susan holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Berkeley at California, and attended Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive leadership program.

Susan will be speaking about her jungle gym career at Western Digital Girl Geek Dinner.

Lori SundbergLori Sundberg, Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Western Digital
Lori is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Western Digital Corporation, leading key global human resources initiatives and people strategies. Lori has more than 20 years of experience in developing and aligning HR strategy with business needs. She has led large corporate initiatives focused on culture, organization effectiveness, leadership development, labor & employee relations, talent & performance management, workforce planning, recruiting, compensation, HR systems, and benefits. Before joining Western Digital, she served as SVP, Global HR at Jacobs, a global provider of technical, professional and construction services. Lori has also served as SVP, HR and Ethics at Arizona Public Services Company, the largest electric utility in Arizona, and advanced through a series of HR leadership roles at American Express. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University.

Lori is the emcee at Western Digital Girl Geek Dinner.

About the host:

Western Digital creates environments for data to thrive. The company is driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal devices, our industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of data. Western Digital® data-centric solutions are marketed under the G-Technology™, HGST, SanDisk®, Tegile™, Upthere™ and WD® brands.

Event Tickets & Details:

Tickets available on Eventbrite.

Girl Geek X 23andMe Dinner – October 2nd in Mountain View

Girl Geek X 23andMe Dinner

23andMe is excited to host our very first Girl Geek Dinner on Tuesday, October 2 at our headquarters in Mountain View! Join us for an evening of lightning talks from 23andMe scientists and software engineers.

Learn how 23andMe uses genetics to predict disease risk and ancestry, how to manage a team that loves what they do, and how 23andMe builds scaleable big data clusters. 23andMe CEO and Co-Founder Anne Wojcicki will be giving a keynote.

All ages & genders are welcome!


6:00pm – 7:00pm: Check-in, Dinner & Drinks, Networking
7:00pm – 8:15pm: Lightening Talks + Kit Raffle
8:15pm – 8:45pm: More Networking!

Speaker Bios:

Anne WojcickiAnne Wojcicki, CEO & Co-Founder, 23andMe
Anne co-founded 23andMe in 2006 after a decade spent in healthcare investing, focused primarily on biotechnology companies. Her hope was to empower consumers with access to their own genetic information and to create a way to generate more personalized information so that commercial and academic researchers could better understand and develop new drugs and diagnostics. Presently, 23andMe has built one of the world’s largest databases of individual genetic information. Its novel, web-based research approach allows for the rapid recruitment of participants to many genome-wide association studies at once, reducing the time and money needed to make new discoveries, and the company has created a proven and standardized resource for finding new genetic association and confirming genetic loci discovered by others. Under Anne’s leadership 23andMe has made significant advances in bringing personalized medicine directly to the public. Anne graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Biology. Getting access to and understanding her own genetic information had always been one of her ambitions.

Anne is the keynote speaker at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

Carrie NorthoverCarrie Northover, Director, Research Services, 23andMe
Carrie joined 23andMe in 2013 and leads the Project Management group within the Research team. The group is responsible for management of 23andMe’s large scale research projects. Prior to 23andMe, Carrie held IP licensing and contracting positions at UCSF and Genentech. Carrie earned her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. In her free time, Carrie enjoys practicing yoga and backpacking, sometimes at the same time!

Carrie will be giving an introduction to the business model at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

Janie SheltonJanie Shelton, Scientist II, 23andMe
Janie is a scientist in the Data Collection team in research at 23andMe. The data collection team develops the rich phenotypic database which complements the genetic data on 23andMe research participants. These phenotypes are used to drive research into novel genetic discoveries, recruit research participants into studies which may help understand or cure a disease, or produce a new product to help understand the genome. Janie’s role is at the intersection of epidemiology, biostatistics, and survey methodology. Starting with a research question, Janie and her team figure out how to design the study, draft the questionnaire, and analyze the data. She works on a wide range of projects, with a significant focus on how our research can help people with and at risk of Parkinson’s disease. Janie holds a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from UC Davis, and a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from USC. Prior to this role she worked in Vienna, Austria for the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime on national studies of substance abuse. When she isn’t collecting all the phenotypes, she can be found playing with her almost-2 year old daughter, riding bikes with her husband, or doing a Barre3 class.

Janie will be talking about data collection at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

Alisa LehmanAlisa Lehman, Manager, Sr. Product Scientist, 23andMe
Alisa is a senior product scientist and has been working at 23andMe since 2015. Her team works to create scientifically accurate, consumer friendly genetic reports on traits and wellness topics. When she’s not geeking out to wacky science stories, Alisa spends a good chunk of her time cooking, backpacking, and playing board games. Alisa holds a B.S. in Biology from MIT and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.

Alisa will be speaking about working with engineering to make genetic reports at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

Shirley WuShirley Wu, Director, Product Science, 23andMe
Shirley leads Product Science at 23andMe, the team responsible for developing scientifically valid, user-friendly, and innovative health features to help people better understand and benefit from their genetic information. Over the last 8 years, Shirley has built a high performing, resilient, and more or less autonomous team – borne out during her recent 4-month maternity leave. Shirley studied Computational Biology at Brown University and earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford. Previously a competitive Ultimate Frisbee player, you’re now more likely to find her running around after her kids, baking a mean olallieberry pie, or singing with the 23andMe Chromotones. Follow Shirley on Twitter at @shwu.

Shirley will be speaking about building a team that gets things done and loves what they do at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

Kimberly McManusKimberly McManus, Computational Biologist, 23andMe
Kimberly joined 23andMe in 2017 and works to develop new methods and features for customers to learn about their ancestry on various timescales. Prior to 23andMe, she was a Software Engineer working on Machine Learning at LinkedIn. Kimberly holds a B.S. from MIT, as well as a Ph.D. in Biology and M.S. in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University, where she studied demography and selection in diverse populations of humans and other great apes. Follow Kimberly on Twitter at @kim07mcm.

Kimberly will be speaking about predicting ancestry from genetic data at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

Altovise EwingAltovise Ewing, Medical Science Liaison, Genetic Counselor, 23andMe
Altovise is a first generation college grad who, in 2005, earned her B.A. in Biology from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. She then joined Teach for America and taught middle school science for two years. Following her passion, she pursued a path that combined health, genetics and society, and earned her Ph.D. in Genetics and Human Genetics with a specialization in Genetic Counseling, at Howard University in 2011. During her training, she spent time at the NIH with the Human Genome Research Institute and the National Cancer Institute. She also had the privilege of providing genetic counseling services to patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Altovise did a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. Her scholarship focused on inclusion of diverse patient populations in cancer genetics research and development of ethically sound strategies to address health inequities. She has presented her research at national conferences and published in medical journals and popular magazines. Follow Altovise on Twitter at @the_social_scientist.

Altovise will be speaking about essential figures – black women scientists in STEM and medicine at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

Sarah LaskeySarah Laskey, Scientist, Health R&D, 23andMe
Sarah joined 23andMe in the summer of 2016. She works on the Health R&D team, using the 23andMe database to power new genetic discoveries and product features for 23andMe customers. In addition to data science, Sarah loves books, running, immunology, education, baseball, and the color green. Sarah holds a B.S. in Biological Engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Sarah will be speaking about using genetics to predict disease risk at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

Xiaoxiao WangXiaoxiao Wang, Senior Software Engineer, 23andMe
Xiaoxiao is a Senior Software Engineer on 23andMe’s big data platform team. She helps build scalable big data clusters that provide reliable access to data for other engineering and research teams at 23andMe. Her team’s primary focus is to deliver a high performance system that will allow for faster and more efficient data analysis. Xiaoxiao has been working on big data problems since she graduated from Northeastern University in 2012.

Xiaoxiao will be speaking about building highly scalable and reliable big data clusters at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

Olga SazonovaOlga Sazonova, Product Scientist II, 23andMe
Olga is a Product Scientist at 23andMe where she builds predictive models to inform and delight 23andMe customers. Olga’s academic background is in Biomedical Engineering and she spent 7 years at the bench before transitioning to a computational scientist during a post-doc at Stanford. Prior to 23andMe, Olga worked at Onyx Pharmaceuticals searching for genomic biomarkers for drug efficacy in multiple myeloma. Apart from her work as a scientist, Olga is a mother of two children and serves as a member of the Board of Directors at the Children’s Center of the Stanford Community, one of the largest cooperative childcare centers in the nation.

Olga will be speaking about how it ain’t all about your genes – the intersection of genetics and environment – at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

Patricia PentonPatricia Penton, Software Engineer, 23andMe
Patricia works on the user authentication team at 23andMe. She loves using the power of programming to automate repetitive tasks. Prior to joining 23andMe, Patricia was a microbiologist at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, and she studied molecular biology at the University of Cincinnati. Before becoming a microbiologist, Patricia was a community organizer for a political nonprofit group. She worked on (and won!) several local, state, and federal elections throughout the Midwest. In her free time, Patricia enjoys Olympic weightlifting, reading historical nonfiction about the Kennedys, and rooting for Houston athletes José Altuve & JJ Watt. Follow Patricia on Twitter at @pkpenton.

Patricia will be speaking about genetics 101 and is emcee at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

About 23andMe:

23andMe, Inc. is the leading consumer genetics and research company. Founded in 2006, the mission of the company is to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. The company was named by MIT Technology Review in its “50 Smartest Companies, 2017” list, and featured as Fast Company’s #2 Most Innovative Health Company in 2018. 23andMe has millions of customers worldwide, with more than 80 percent of customers consented to participate in research. 23andMe, Inc. is located in Mountain View, CA.

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